How To Keep The Creative Spark
As a studio, there are some great artists and creative houses that we love to follow and to be honest, sometimes we can’t help but drool over their work and muse about their creativity.
Naturally, human beings are drawn to the unique, stunning and spectacular of others. We forget that we are all creatives irrespective of our field of specialization. There is boundless creativity inside each of us. Creativity provides fulfillment and adds meaning to our lives. But what differentiates us is the courage to release the creative spirit into action.
We live in a fast and new world; fast foods, new toys, fast internet, new fashion line, new campaign. There is something new at every corner of the street with every passing second. As creatives sometimes it is easy to feel deprived of ideas in a world competing for ideas. But guess what? Creativity sells today. But it doesn’t come that easy. Companies are willing to spend bucks on a winning creative idea that will put them on the top.
While most people may think great ideas are got on a fly, it is not the case. There is a lifestyle behind every creative idea — some sort of personality and discipline. Much as creativity is innate, to blossom it has to be stirred. As a studio, there are certain things we do to stay creative and we want to inspire you with some of them.
Read Read Read
Reading not only exercises the brain but opens one to a new and different world of ideas that are unknown to us. We read books on creativity and blogs related to what we do like African Digital Art, Wine after Coffee, Creative Bloq, Pentagram and many others. But we also mix it up with other arts like Bored Panda and Creators project.
What are They Doing?
Creative people don’t operate in box. There are so many people doing what you are doing. Looking at other people’s work is another way of staying creative. It helps you break your creative block and clears the air. It opens up your mind to what other people are doing in your field.
In house projects
Once in awhile we organize projects that aim at sharpening our creativity. One of such is what we call ‘Design Kwepena’. The concept is to bring up a random idea and then have the whole team work out something creative around the idea. If you are an individual seeking to stir your creativity, challenge yourself with an idea and creatively work through it. You will be amazed at the results. You can always share your experience with us.
Nobody likes the sound of that. But there is no ending to studying for as along as we still breath. Knowledge is power, Francis Bacon once said. To stay creative, we study. There are numerous courses online that allows one attend a global class, interact with different people around the world and allows you share your experience. In turn you get inspired, exposed and ultimately your creativity grows.
We usually share our work as creatives and allow other people to critique it. Most people are uncomfortable with criticism but when embraced, criticism drives towards self improvement and success. It engages your mind to think outside the box. It reveals to you possibilities of what can be achieved beyond what you had imagined.
Sleep, Play video games, eat out, eat chocolate, work out, spend time with family, go to church, sew, bake, play football, listen to Lingala, sip vodka. All these activities will stimulate your brain to new ideas. Except vodka.
If one day you wake up and there is no force and drive to do what you’ve always loved doing, then it is one indication that you are losing interest. Passion is the driving force of creativity. It will drive you to do all the above. You can lose anything in this world but not your passion.
Albert Einstein defines creativity as seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has ever thought. He says everyone is a genius. You can choose to believe that.
Creative individuals are remarkable and they live full blast lives.